AFRL, U.K. Partner Holding Contest for Search & Rescue AI Applications

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and the U.K.'s Defense Science and Technology Laboratory is hosting a competition to identify new planning approaches for search and rescue missions with unmanned aircraft systems. Swarm and Search AI Challenge: 2019 Fire Hack will task participants to develop artificial intelligence applications to map wildfires, support mission planning and respond to dynamic changes, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said Tuesday.

Teams will perform their work on an online collaboration platform and study various fire maps via USAF-approved software. Wright Brothers Institute and University of Dayton Research Institute will serve as academic partners for the program to take place in the U.S. and the U.K. and conclude by the end of March. The program will select 10 finalists to compete for cash prizes at the challenge's culminating round.

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The entrants to receive the highest score will be featured at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's 2019 conference and the U.K. Embassy in Washington DC.

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